Known as the realm of castle, the Loire Valley is recognized as Unesco World Heritage site in 2000 for its unrival cultural and architect value. The whole valley expands over 280km, filled with hundreds of French most extravagant castles and fortress.
Photo credit : Ocelyn
Loire Valley HeritagesThis region is best known for its fine castles, typically grand renaissance period renovations and reconstructions of medieval castles carried out by the wealthy from Paris during the 16th to 18th centuries - see Loire Valley Chateaux for details.
But there is much more to the Loire valley than castles. There are some extraordinary and fascinating historic towns in the Loire valley - for example Amboise, Blois, Orléans, Chinon, Saumur, Tours (many of these also associated with castles), and also many interesting smaller towns and villages, several among them listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France.
The landscape along the river itself is also very attractive. For the large part very well maintained, planned and controlled since hundreds of years ago, it now forms a beautiful, managed landscape, in which the chateau and the river seem to fit perfectly in the natural environment.
Capture of Loire Castle